Naomi Klein: Trump Is the First Fully Commercialized Global Brand to Serve as US President

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Naomi Klein: Trump Is the First Fully Commercialized Global Brand to Serve as US President
Author and activist Naomi Klein. (photo: Brandon Johnston)
Democracy Now!
Excerpt: “There have been presidents with business interests before. But there has never been a fully commercialized global brand as a sitting U.S. president. That is unprecedented.”

Mueller Starts Investigating Trump for Possible Obstruction of Justice, Officials Say
Devlin Barrett, Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Sari Horwitz, The Washington Post
Excerpt: “The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice.”

Shaun King | Blaming Bernie Sanders or Progressives for Congressional Baseball Shooting Is Preposterous
Shaun King, New York Daily News
King writes: “In today’s gotcha culture, thousands of statements are now being tweeted blaming Bernie, blaming progressives, blaming the Democratic Party, blaming the Julius Caesar play, blaming everything and everybody imaginable for this shooting. Just moments ago I saw some fool online saying ‘Shaun King has blood on his hands.'”

Tax Evaders Exposed: Why the Super-Rich Are Even Richer Than We Thought
Annette Alstadsæter, Niels Johannesen and Gabriel Zucman, Guardian UK
Excerpt: “Recent leaks from tax havens suggest the gap between the rich and the rest is even wider than we think.”

Trump Administration Quietly Rolls Back Civil Rights Efforts Across Federal Government
Jessica Huseman and Annie Waldman, ProPublica
Excerpt: “For decades, the Department of Justice has used court-enforced agreements to protect civil rights, successfully desegregating school systems, reforming police departments, ensuring access for the disabled and defending the religious. Now, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the DOJ appears to be turning away from this storied tool, called consent decrees.”

ICE Director: Every Single Undocumented Immigrant in America Should Be ‘Worried’
Carla Javier, Fusion
Javier writes: “Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan praised ICE officers and said undocumented immigrants should be ‘uncomfortable’ during a Tuesday House Appropriations Committee meeting on ‘Immigration & Customs Enforcement and Customs & Border Protection Budget.'”

Environmental Groups Sue EPA for Failing to Protect Farmworkers From Pesticide Exposure
Esther Yu Hsi Lee, ThinkProgress
Lee writes: “Health and farmworker organizations filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for postponing a decision to protect farmworkers from exposure to restricted-use pesticides such as chlorpyrifos – a controversial pesticide linked to serious health issues.”


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